Thomas Von Ungern-Sternberg

in Efficient Monopolies

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780199268818
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600890 | DOI:

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Studies the causes and consequences of the disappearance of Germany's state property insurance monopolies. The main reasons why the German insurance monopolies did not fight hard enough to defend their interests were (1) most of them knew that they would be bought up by other local public insurance companies, and (2) the German monopolies did not have their own interest group. They were defended by the Association of Public Insurers, which had much wider interests to defend.

For the small customer, the disappearance of the state monopolies was a painful event. Within five years, their premium rates rose by about 50%, and the contributions paid by the insurance companies for fire prevention fell massively.

Keywords: deregulation; Germany; premium rate; property insurance; state monopoly

Chapter.  7825 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics

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